Census this week resumes questionnaire packet deliveries

The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal, state and local health officials, will begin to drop off 2020 Census questionnaire packets at front doors of households in Illinois this week. This is done in areas where the majority of households do not receive mail at their physical address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering census…

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Illinois enters ‘new, more open reality’ as stay-at-home order lifted

Friday marks the end of Illinois’ stay-at-home order IDPH: 1,622 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 86 virus-related deaths   By REBECCA ANZEL, Capitol News Illinois [email protected]   SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday, the first day Illinois’ economy operated under more relaxed restrictions, his stay-at-home order is replaced by one reflective of “our new, more…

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McCarthy left impact on Terminal Railroad, area’s freight efforts

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis is embarking on a new chapter under new President Ron Tindall, while the legacy of predecessor Mike McCarthy will have a lasting impact on the organization and the bistate St. Louis region, colleagues say. Terminal Railroad Chief Legal Officer and Director of Corporate Affairs Asim Raza stated that McCarthy’s…

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Despite claims to contrary, no raises ahead, lawmakers say

FILE PHOTO: Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill. Comptroller is unequivocal: No raises for lawmakers But legislative back-and-forth shows complexity of state lawmaker pay law By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The complexities of Illinois’ legislator pay laws were on display again this week as the state’s comptroller insisted in a video message…

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Pritzker lifts ban on worship services starting Friday

Move comes amid lawsuits and possible U.S. Supreme Court review By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – People in Illinois will be allowed to attend worship services starting this weekend without fear of prosecution as the state enters Phase 3 of Gov. JB Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” reopening plan. Pritzker made the announcement during…

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GOP lawmakers want audit of state employment agency

PHOTO: State Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, speaks during a video news conference Thursday about the effort she is leading to have the Illinois Department of Employment Security audited. (Credit: blueroomstream.com) Data breach, slow service an ‘unacceptable situation’ that needs an ‘honest assessment’ By BEN ORNER, Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A group of four…

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State files emergency rules for testing at long-term care facilities

Reports another 104 COVID-19-related deaths one day ahead of reopening By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] The state health department filed emergency rules Thursday mandating long-term care facilities to develop testing plans to better protect residents and ensure they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic appropriately. “The overwhelming majority of long-term care facilities in…

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Retired judge appointed to Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Board

Gov. JB Pritzker has appointed retired judge Donald Wilkerson to will serve on the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board, pending Senate approval. Wilkerson (shown) was appointed United States magistrate judge in the Southern District of Illinois in January of 2005 and retired in 2019. The East St. Louis native was the first African American judge…

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